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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Jan 4, 2014 7:50 PM CST
I recently saw an advertisement for this product that is supposed to chase the moles away but I couldn't find any information about using it for voles. Voles have become a huge problem in my garden and I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with this product or has any other ideas for me to get these critters out and stop eating my veggies!
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Jan 4, 2014 8:03 PM CST
Voles are apparently worse than moles as they eat the roots of your plants. My dog hunts them and I put up with her digging holes since she usually produces results.

As for moles, my husband has been actively battling them for 30 plus years. He's tried chewing gum, urine, castor oil/bean, and various homemade potions directly down the holes, flooding the runs, asphixiating with car exhaust, shooting their active hills, whirligigs, super sonic devices, and anything/everything else one has heard of -- the only thing successful has been to trap them.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Jan 4, 2014 8:08 PM CST
Well, I went to check my carrots that had the tallest tops I've ever had and they were all lying flat. I thought, hmm, I've never known them to do that because of frost. Grabbed a handful and they pulled right off with no bottoms. Another handful, same thing. GRRRR!!! And they were starting to be the BEST carrots I've ever had!

We have a dog, but he's a livestock dog so I'm not sure how he would do in the garden. Pretty big guy but I'm getting desperate.

DH said he saw voles eating my peppers but I pooh hooed that. Now I'm not so sure. I thought they only ate the roots. I still think it was the guineas eating the peppers! Hilarious!

Everyone getting a good meal from my garden cept me! Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Jan 5, 2014 9:25 AM CST
I'll trade my gophers for your moles AND voles!
Porkpal
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Jan 5, 2014 10:27 AM CST
Hmm, no thanks! Hilarious!

I just saw a site that says mix equal parts scented castor oil with dish detergempnt and put in hose end sprayer and saturate soil. Since castor oil is main ingredient in Holy Moley, I'll try that first!
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Jan 5, 2014 7:37 PM CST
porkpal said:I'll trade my gophers for your moles AND voles!


I second that emotion!
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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Jan 7, 2014 10:59 AM CST
I don't know if this will work for you, but we were having lots of trouble with moles in the flower beds, big tunnels with lots of soil excavated.
We tried baits, traps that didn't catch anything, those guys are fast!!! Flooding the tunnel, and nothing worked.

Then someone told me about this recipe.
1 small bottle of cheap perfume, the smellier and stronger the better. We got some from the dollar store.
1 cup of rubbing alcohol.

Put this in a large bucket and fill with water, then pour the whole thing down the tunnel.
I don't know if it was a coincidence, but they went away and haven't come back. I guess it just smells too good for them.

You could try this, not much to loose and a lot to gain. Please let me know if it works for you. Smiling
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Frillylily
Jan 7, 2014 11:01 AM CST
anyone have experience using milky spore to reduce moles?
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Jan 7, 2014 12:29 PM CST
Josephine, I will try that! Thanks!
Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Jan 7, 2014 12:57 PM CST
I may try it for the gophers - but I will need a whole case of cheap perfume, I fear.
Porkpal
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Jan 7, 2014 1:04 PM CST
LMK if it works for the gopher Porkpal! I will need a 55 gal. drum of cheap perfume!!!!!
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Jan 7, 2014 1:18 PM CST
I know that it sounds very funny and strange, but it worked for us, I don't know if it was just a coincidence, but I know it works. Smiling
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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Jan 7, 2014 2:46 PM CST
Well, I think part of the reason the castor oil concoction works is a lot abput the smell so maybe that's why the cheap perfume works?
Name: woofie
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woofie
Jan 7, 2014 4:22 PM CST
Finally! A use for that gawd-awful cologne that teen aged boys are so fond of drenching themselves with! Hilarious!
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Jan 7, 2014 5:02 PM CST
Do you suppose there is some way the manufacturers could use this alternative application in their advertising?
Porkpal
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Jan 7, 2014 5:49 PM CST
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Jan 7, 2014 6:52 PM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Jan 7, 2014 7:51 PM CST
>> Finally! A use for that gawd-awful cologne that teen aged boys are so fond of drenching themselves with!

My image was an Axe commercial with flocks of gorgeous women converging on some lucky boy who had just sprayed himself with Axe.

But apparently, when women flock towards the cologne, moles rush away.

Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Jan 7, 2014 7:58 PM CST
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I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



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